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Gipper comes to London's Grosvenor Square

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Gipper comes to London's Grosvenor Square


A statue of former US president Ronald Reagan has been unveiled in London near the US embassy.
A piece of the Berlin Wall will be installed nearby to acknowledge his role in the Cold War. It is part of a year of 100th birthday celebrations for the late actor and politician.
Former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague unveiled the statue on the US Independence Day holiday.  
Rice said: “I doubt very much that President Reagan would have even imagined the world that we see today. A Europe whole, free, and at peace. A Europe in which we enjoy friendship and alliance with the former captive states in the transatlantic alliance called NATO.”
Hague added: “It was a French writer who once said that a nation could be judged by the statues it erects. We can be proud about what this statue says about Britain and America. It reminds us of a period of extraordinary achievements and hope in world affairs after a time of darkness and danger. It celebrates the life of an exceptional and gifted American president. It is a fitting tribute to one of the truest friends that Britain has ever had. And it will be a source of inspiration and encouragement to all of us who live in a more peaceful and prosperous world today because President Reagan, Britain, and our allies stood firm.”
The statue stands alongside those of other illustrious American presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Franklin D Roosevelt.
Reagan died in 2004 at the age of 93, having served as US president between 1981 and 1989.

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